Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February from 6.30 – 9.30pm
Light Night returns with another spectacular programme including a UK premiere of work by international performance company Picto Facto, as Worcester’s city centre plays host to another exciting programme of creative and interactive work as well as playful street performances courtesy of The Arches Worcester Festivals.
As well as Strobilophones, illuminated street theatre with amazing inflatables, singers and dancers, Lampounette by TILT will light up buildings and passersby with their giant desk lamps and coloured beams. Light Looper by The Kazimier will invite four participants at a time to take part in an unforgettable game of light and sound, and Colony by Mike Blow will be encouraging the audience to listen, touch and hug the large sonic sculptures and experience sound in different ways. This years programme will also feature Butterfly Dream, an installation by artist Anne Bennett, Windows of Light by David Edmunds and some unusual walkabout performance surprises!
David Edmunds, Severn Arts Festivals Director said:
“I’m thrilled with the depth and variety in the Light Night programme again for this year, its particularly exiting to once again be bringing international companies to Light Night Worcester and I’m sure our audiences will find a sense of wonder and joy in the 2023 programme.”
Laura Worsfold, Severn Arts CEO said:
“We are so looking forward to this year’s Light Night Worcester event, which will be the last one under the existing Arches Festivals-funded programme of events. Light Night Worcester has surpassed all our expectations, attracting tens of thousands of people every time. We are so proud of our delivery teams and our hundreds of volunteers and artists who have made this event so successful and put smiles on the faces of people of all ages.
With funding for the Arches Festivals sadly comeing to an end in March 2023, Light Night is seeking support and funds to enable these fantastic events to every year. If you can help or have any ideas for how we can keep this wonderful festival running in our city, please get in touch with Severn Arts at https://www.severnarts.org.uk/2023-sponsorship-opportunities or Worcester City Council. I know it is a hard ask in such difficult times, but Light Night really does brighten the dark winter days, offering hope and inspiration for everyone. We really want to see Light Night Worcester expand and delight audiences for a long time to come, but we will need everyone’s help to make sure it continues.”
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said:
“We’re really pleased to be supporting The Arches Worcester Festivals through the Cultural Development Fund, as it brings creativity, outdoor art installations and celebrations to the city and its many communities.
“Previous Light Night Worcester events have transformed the city centre, bringing people together and boosting the local economy – and we expect this year to be no different. From illuminated, interactive street theatre to sonic sound sculptures, the festival promises to animate the city through new and colourful cultural experiences.”
Light Night is a free event for all ages.
Keep a look out for Light Night updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ArchesFests. You can also sign up to receive the festival newsletters via the website https://thearchesworcesterfestivals.co.uk/ Maps will be available from the Tourist Information centre and
Light Night is part of the festival programme produced and managed by Severn Arts and the Arches Festivals team as part of The Arches Worcester project